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About The Waterfront Restaurant

At the Waterfront Restaurant, our regular menu is based on the finest products we can find and updated seasonally. They are prepared in classic form, with emphasis on fresh, natural flavors. Most customers will recognize favorites - picatta, au Poivre, pesto, mojo, and others.

111 South Bay Blvd.
Anna Maria, FL 34216
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Continental, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–4:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Spring Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 778-1515

Website:
http://www.thewaterfrontrestaurant.net/

Executive Chef:
Justin Hibberts

Private Party Contact:
Ryan Reilly: (941) 778-1515

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Waterfront Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Special Occasion (37)
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Good for Anniversaries (33)
Great for Outdoor Dining (30)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Scenic View (28)
Worth the Drive (26)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Cozy (22)
Local Ingredients (21)
Casual (21)
Romantic (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
Authentic (15)
Fun (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Healthy (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Business Meals (7)
Great Beer (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Disabled Access (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely delicious! We are only able to visit the island every couple of years or so and The Waterfront Cafe is always top of our list of places we MUST eat. They consistently give us the best meal during our visits. This time we had shrimp and grits and the risotto Julianne - both had fantastic flavor.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

My only complaint is that this restaurant advertises that it does no take reservations for outside seating. This is fine for me because I do not want to dine outside. However, every time they try to seat me outside. I do not know who control this, but I am just about ready to stop dining there.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

One of our party had a steak that was full of gristle and hardly able to cut or eat. Where we were sitting started out being very chilly but our server turned up the heater; until the people next to us said they had been out in the sun and were hot so the heater was turned down. There was no offer to put down the vinyl curtain. We have been to Waterfront a number of times and must say this was disappointing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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food3
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service4
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 6 days ago

We have been to the Waterfront many times, but on Valentine's Day it was even better than usual. My wife's filet was tender and cooked perfectly, and the special I had "Shrimp Over Hanger" was the best meal I have ever had at Waterfront. Perfectly prepared, and paired well with the Pinot Noir special wine of the day. Amazing!

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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent- as usual! Sure do miss their wine tastings!

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Great for Lunch, Great Beer
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Reservations can be made for inside seating. First come, first served for outside seating. Great menu, wonderful food, excellent service, happening place.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Casual, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Very nice place. Great good. Great service.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Made reservation 10 - 14 days ahead for 5. After waiting 25 minutes beyond our reservation time, we were seated outside instead of inside where our reservation was made for. Our choice to sit outside as they wouldn't give us any idea about how much longer we would have to wait. They apparently didn't have any flexibility to handle 5 people. 2's and 4's were being seated that arrived after us.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great meal. Always a pleasure. Will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 9, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed our wedding night dinner at The Waterfront Restaurant in 2016. We've celebrated our anniversaries there each year since. We will continue to do so as long as the food continues to be delicious, the service outstanding and the ambiance cozy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on February 9, 2018

We had been on a private fishing charter and heard of restaurants in Anna Maria that do “catch and cook”. Waterfront prepared our fresh Sea Trout beautifully, added sides family style and all was delicious. Chef came to our table to thank us for allowing him to prepare our catch! Wait service excellent. We loved the back patio. So quiet we could hear our conversation.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Received a gift card at Christmas - enjoyed our drinks and dinner. A very nice location for a quiet dinner.
We did have reservations as suggested by website.
Staff was friendly and helpful with suggestions and information regarding dinner selections.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Delicious, tastebud tingling food is found at The Waterfront. Great combinations of fresh ingredients were mixed together with amazing results. We tried to eat light tonight ordering salads topped with seafood. My brussel and kale salad was amazing although overdressed. Great flavors included tender kale, shredded brussel sprouts, toasted almonds, shaved parmesan and green apple in a yummy shallot mustard vinaigrette. Topped with perfectly grilled shrimp, it made a lovely main dish and was an ample portion. Hubby had the grilled romaine salad topped with the best grouper we have had on the island. The salad had a perfect blend of tasty treats including green apple, crisp bacon and gorgonzola cheese with a beautifully balanced vinaigrette. We added mushroom risotto, so much for eating light, which we really didnt need but was wonderfully flavorful although heavy. Finished the meal with a glass of red and we were delicioulsy satisfied.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 7, 2018

As residents of AMI, we enjoy the Waterfront quite frequently. It never disappoints. It is one of the very few restaurants on the island that take reservations. During season, crowds are everywhere and wait time is often very long so a reservation is much appreciated.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, People Watching
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Great place. Been frequenting the restaurant every year for the 10+ years we've come to Anna Maria Island. Never anything but great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Really good appetizers and excellent scallops and crab cakes. Robin excellent waitress and food came very fast

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on February 6, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants for dinner

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Good, not great and very over-priced. Outside dining is a small porch overlooking a road and a parking lot with shrubbery blocking the beach view.

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food3
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Our waiter, food and experience were excellent start to finish. A very wonderful place to eat but make sure and get reservations. We used Open Table and were seated immediately which was a treat.

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food5
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Excellent food selection and quality. Drinks selection was also very full.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 31, 2018

we enjoyed a family dinner here on our first night on AMI and we really enjoyed our experience .
I had the filet, my father on law loved his risotto with short ribs and my husband had one of the seafood specials which he said was delicious. We sat on the patio which was covered at the time because it was cool out but they have heaters so it was plenty warm enough!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Terrible food and the service was very slow.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Our waitress was knowledgeable, had a great attitude and was fun!!! Food was awesome, location and ambience outstanding! A must visit when vacationing!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The Waterfront is always consistent and innovative.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a wonderful meal with three other couples who really enjoyed
the whole evening. My favorite are the Prince Edward mussels with cream garlic sauce.
The cocktails were prepared well including my Makers Mark Perfect Manhatten.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Although our salads and entrees were outstanding, the best part of the meal was the dessert. We all had the affogado: vanilla ice cream bathed in espresso and liqueur. And yes it really was as amazing as it sounds.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 23, 2018

What a delicious meal! The ambiance is cozy. The bartender entertaining. A favorite place on Anna Marie Island. A must stop.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The occasion was having dinner with good friends who came to AnnaMaria for a visit.
Food was very good! Service was excellent.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 23, 2018

This could be our new favorite restaurant! I just can't say enough about this place. Wonderful menu and helpful wait staff. Excellent food. Definitely fit for foodies.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Waterfront
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Seated next to the fireplace on a chilly night, with a wonderful Cuban seafood stew and glass of the $10 Cab. Waitress was very good and prices were reasonable. We are going again soon!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Always excellent. Specials are amazing and always have a flair for the unexpected. This time was no different.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 21, 2018

My husband loved his food. I did not. I expected more selections of fresh fish. They did not have my liquor that I liked. My salad was not served first but came with the entrée and so I ate the hot entrée first and then the cold salad. We have eaten here before and was very enjoyable.
This was an anniversary dinner 51 years but I don't ever have to eat here again. The only thing is the location and view and because of the cool weather the plastic was hanging down.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We enjoyed the restaurant very much. We were disappointed that they could not hold our table inside due to traffic jams. They did give us an outdoor table which was heated & enclosed by plastic & was ok in the end.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Some of the best crab cakes ever!! Full of lump crab with very little filler, sauce was good too.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants. Excellent service and delicious food.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Cozy, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great meal...wonderful service. We were there w friends

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Waterfront, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 19, 2018

You must try the lobster bisque. Everything my husband and I had was outstanding. It's a little off the beaten path at the far end of Anna Maria Island but definitely worth the drive. Nice casual setting on an enclosed porch with heaters for the winter. We will repeat this dining experience within a week.

Tags: Waterfront, Healthy, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 18, 2018

It was a great experience, and we will coming back, for sure!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 18, 2018

We have eaten here twice in 3 weeks and both times we had great service and good food. Seven adults and we all had something different and we were all happy with our meals. Four kids nine and under and we had no problem ordering them something they liked. I liked the pork tenderloin so much I had it both times. In the past we have eaten outside which is always fun. Prices in line with other nice restaurants.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (London)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Great meal with friends here this week. Food was great and I think this is one of the best places on Anna Maria Island. only problem is getting a reservation -- call ahead!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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